Maybe you’ve heard the story about the couple who went to the airport to catch their flight. When they arrived at the gate, they were told by an agent to wait to board. So, they made their way to a spot in the waiting area and took a seat. They were put to the side but didn’t know why.
People began boarding and, as even more people boarded, time passed, and the couple began getting frustrated. They were waiting and didn’t know why. After a while, they started to get mad. They thought the airline was treating them very poorly by making them wait with no explanation and no time frame.
Now, everyone had boarded the plane but them. They were going to be last to board the plane even though they were one of the first passengers there. All kinds of thoughts were going through the couple’s minds, “What’s going on here?” “This is not right.” “We were here early!”
Finally, after everybody else was on, their names were called, and they were finally told that they could board plane. The couple walked down the Jetway and looked at their boarding passes to find their seat assignments, but unbeknownst to them, they had been upgraded to first class!
Suddenly sorrow became laughter, sadness became joy, and they were both in much better moods because they had been bumped up from coach to first class. They realized that, sometimes, waiting isn’t a bad thing.
“Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride.” (Ecclesiastes 7:8 NLT)